June 17, 2008
For immediate release
Eight graduate students at UC Santa Barbara’s the Gevirtz School have received prestigious centrally administered fellowships. Four of these doctoral candidates – Wei Wen Chen, Brandy Ethridge, Melissa Kwon, and Michelle Samura –are in the Department of Education, while the other four – Amy Griffiths, Sarah Kuriakose, and Shihwe Wang– are in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. These awards signal that these scholars are some of the best graduate students UC Santa Barbara has to offer.
Michael Furlong, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, says, “We are very grateful for the recognition of these outstanding students. These awards will provide meaningful support to enhance the quality of their scholarship.”
Wei Wen Chen and Michelle Samura both were awarded Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowships, a one quarter fellowship that pays a $6000 stipend and fees for one quarter.
Both Brandy Ethridge and Amy Griffiths received Graduate Opportunity Fellowships for the 2008-2009 academic year. This award includes a stipend of $16,000, the payment of in-state fees, and health insurance.
Sarah Kuriakose has been selected as the 2007-2008 Emil Steck, Jr. Fellow. The award letter states, “As this year’s recipient of this honor, a portion of your current Regents Special Fellowship will be funded by the Steck endowment fund. Mr. Fred Steck, alumnus of UCSB and Trustee of the UCSB Foundation, established the endowment in honor of his father, a distinguished attorney who valued education as the most important foundation of a rewarding life.”
Melissa Kwon won the Fletcher Jones Fellowship, a very prestigious dissertation year award presented to only one graduate student annually. This award includes a stipend of $16,000, the payment of in-state fees, and health insurance.
Jessica Little received the President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2008-2009 academic year. This diversity fellowship is funded by the Office of the President and is designed for meritorious students who plan careers in academia. Students are also required to present their research at another UC campus; travel funds are provided for this purpose. Students must be advanced to candidacy at the time they are nominated and are expected to complete their degrees within the fellowship period. This award includes a stipend of $16,000, the payment of in-state fees, health insurance, and $500 supplemental support for research expenses.
Shihwe Wang received the Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship for Fall 2008 that includes a stipend of $6000 plus payment of in-state fees and health insurance.
In addition to their awards above, Michelle Samura, Amy Griffiths, and Melissa Kwon also received Humanities/Social Sciences Research Grants that provides support for funds directly related to research.
[These students are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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